Journal of Gerontological Nursing The current article highlights an interprofessional, older adult oral health community program, created through an Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice grant from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, designed to address the gap between older adult health education and care delivery.
JAMA Network On March 27, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended postponing all nonemergent dental services nationwide as part of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mitigation efforts, matching guidelines already released by the American Dental Association, state dental societies, and departments of public health.By early April, 95% of dental practices were fully shuttered or open only for emergency care. Read more about How Will Dentistry Respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic?
Check out the new webinar on the topic of Ensuring Access To Oral Health Care - Emergency Health Workforce Policies to Address COVID 19 recorded and hosted by the Fitzhugh Mullen Institute for Health Workforce Equity at George Washington University. Panelists include Maria (Mia) Geisinger (School of Dentistry University of Alabama), Marko Vukovic (ADA Health Policy Institute) and Hugh Silk (UMass Medical School) with host Janice Chen (from the FM Institute). View the webinar below:
Continuing Nursing Education Over the last 10 years, na - tional attention on the oral health of pregnant women and their children has become more prominent. Oral health and its links to overall health are now regarded as essential to the health of pregnant women, their infants, and young children (California Dental Association Foundation & American College of Obstetricians and Gyne - cologists, District IX, 2010).
The Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine is pleased to share the 2019 Initiative Progress Report. The report summarizes research developments, staffing additions, new partnerships and collaborations, and more. It also features a comprehensive list of our recent publications and highlights of our recent grants and proposals. View the report here.
Health Affairs Too much time has been spent in this presidential campaign season arguing about Medicare for All. It is not because it’s a bad idea. It is because, for the foreseeable future, Medicare for All has zero political chance to become law. To begin understanding why, consider the 70-year history of legislative efforts in the US to advance toward universal coverage. And then consider the realities in the current US political environment.
This interview is focused on the role that dentistry, and oral health more broadly, can play in improving the quality, accessibility, and value of health care delivered in the United States. The interview touches on the importance of oral health, transitioning from interprofessional education to interprofessional practice, and the opportunity for dental professionals to participate in value-based reimbursement models, among other related topics.
"Learning about the integration of primary care and dentistry in our dental school setting has been an unparalleled experience. Seeing patients who have previously undiagnosed chronic conditions receive the medical attention they need sheds light on how important it is to increase collaboration between the medical and dental worlds."
~ Yassee E. Pirooz, DMD18
The Nurse Practitioner & Dentist (NPD) model, piloted since 2015 at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in collaboration with Northeastern University, promotes interprofessional practice and education by integrating primary care services provided by a nurse practitioner into an academic dental practice environment.
In this innovative model, nursing and dental students work in interprofessional teams and are jointly responsible for providing primary care and dental services to patients. During supervised clinical rotations, students learn how each profession formulates diagnoses, implements preventive interventions, and makes referrals within their scopes of practice. Students develop interprofessional plans of care under the direct supervision of NP and dental faculty. Older adults (>65 years of age) living with one or more chronic health conditions, particularly diabetes and hypertension, constitute the target population.